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  • Script Frenzy: A Euphoric Beginning...

    Most writers have a tricky relationship with deadlines. Some take comfort in routine and restriction while others can’t fathom being forced to do something before they're ready. I sit somewhere awkwardly between the two. In my university days, my work ethic was precarious. Some assignments would be...

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  • Teenagers and reading

    Why do books like The Hunger Games appeal so strongly to teens? And does it really matter whether they're reading a novel or a newspaper? Recently, Chris Leslie of Scottish Book Trust heard children's author Nicola Morgan address these points in a keynote speech at the National Literacy Network...

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  • Metaphrog working with pupils from Kaimes on their illustrations

    Using graphic novels in special needs settings

    Want to enthuse your learners with a new way to express themselves? Creating comics can generate some inspiring results, as John Chalmers and Sandra Marrs from Metaphrog explain below. In March 2012 we went to spend a whole day at Kaimes school in Edinburgh to talk to some of the pupils and...

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  • Just between us...

    In this two-part blog, historical novelist and mystery writer Sara Sheridan explores the changing relationship between writers and their readers. In the good old days it was simple – writers wrote books and retreated, in an air of mystery, to their studies (academics), boudoirs (romantic novelists...

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  • Finding Your Inner Child (and letting it go)

    When I was a child I started a lot of stories. I don’t think I ever finished one. By the time I was an adult I had built up a database of about 50 first lines of short stories, most of which were never completed. As a novelist, however, I’ve found that publishers are usually keen for you to finish...

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  • Language is caught – not taught

    Marc Lambert, Scottish Book Trust CEO, recently wrote an opinion piece about why the teaching of reading and writing should be deferred a few years. Marc reminds us that “teaching someone to read does not make them a reader”. In fact, attempting to teach reading and writing before children are...

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